Visit Heyri Art Village: Discovery and Information

Heyri Art Valley (Korean: 헤이리 마을) is an artistic community located in the Unification Hill district of Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Constructed by artists, writers, painters, and other creatives, Heyri Art Valley is the largest artistic community in Korea, covering an area of approximately 495,868 square meters (5,337,480 sq ft). The concept for Heyri was conceived in 1997 as a planned settlement, and its development began in 1998 with an inaugural meeting attended by 380 cultural artists.

This unique community village integrates various concepts in the fields of production, exhibition, sales, and habitation of cultural art. Functionally, Heyri Art Valley was planned with an urban design that emphasizes cultural businesses. The community boasts numerous galleries, museums, exhibit halls, concert halls, small theaters, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, guest houses, art shops, and creative living spaces for artists. Each building within the community was designed by nationally and internationally renowned architects, who also incorporated features of the natural landscape, such as mountains, hills, swamps, and brooks.

The community derives its name from a traditional Nongyo (farming song) native to the region, known as “the sound of Heyri.

History

When originally conceptualized in 1997, the village was envisioned as a “book village” intended to be connected to the nearby Paju Book City as part of the Unification Land Development Project. However, as development commenced, the village attracted numerous artists who contributed ideas that expanded the initial vision. Their input and creativity led to the transformation of the project into a more comprehensive “cultural art village,” now known as Heyri Art Valley.

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Gallery

Heyri Art Valley is more than just a neighborhood; it’s a source of inspiration, a hub for creative workshops, exhibitions, festivals, and education in various creative arts. This community evolved into an expansive art complex as artists from diverse fields gathered during the development of Paju Book City. The village derives its name from the local Paju song “Heyri Sound,” traditionally sung by farmers while working in the fields.

The entire neighborhood resembles a masterpiece, with artworks displayed along the streets in harmony with the beauty of nature. The buildings were meticulously designed to avoid obstructing the view of the surrounding nature. For instance, the streets in the neighborhood were purposefully designed to follow the natural curves without the use of asphalt, ensuring that manmade structures do not detract from the appreciation of the natural environment.

How to get to heyri art village from Seoul?

  • Address 

Heyri Reed Plaza, 70-21, Heyri Maeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

  • Getting there by bus:

It is possible to take the bus  from Seoul  to go to the  Heyri Art Village . You have to take the  bus number 2200 . You can take this bus in Seoul, for example at  Hongik University Bus Station  (홍대입구) or  Hapjeong Station  (합정역). Then you need to stop at the  Heyri Art Village Gate 4 bus stop  (헤이리예술마을4G).

  • Map of Heyri Art Village
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Mohamed SAKHRI

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